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Meet the composer: Uljas Pulkkis

I try not to underline the environmental catastrophe in the opera, but try to raise the positive effects of the accident, which are very little and rarely discussed.

Uljas Pulkkis (b. 1975) graduated 2002 from Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. He studied also mathematics and computer science at Helsinki University.

Pulkkis’ prices in composition include 1st prize in Queen Elizabeth competition in Belgium, 1st prize in Unesco rostrum in France and prize in Gustav Mahler competition in Austria.

Pulkkis has composed mainly orchestral music, which has been performed among others with BBC symphony, Tokyo philharmonic, Berlin radio orchestra, Finnish radio orchestra, Belgian national orchestra and Dutch radio orchestra.

Pulkkis has also written four operas, the last one premiered in 2019 in Finland. His orchestral music has been recorded by Bis and Ondine, and received excellent reviews for example in British Gramophone magazine.

All the truths we cannot see – a Chernobyl story

All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story is an opera by Uljas Pulkkis and Glenda D. Goss. It is produced as a collaboration between Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and the USC Thornton School of Music. Students from these institutions join forces in an opera production, which will premiere in Helsinki on 15 March 2022. The American premiere will take place in Los Angeles on 21 April 2022. 

All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story explores the explosion that happened at a power plant in Chernobyl, Soviet Union in 1986, as well as its reasons and consequences.

This blog reveals the background stories and people behind this project and also represents some expert articles discussing the relation between opera and the environment.

Read more about the All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story opera

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